General Administration of Press and Publication

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General Administration of Press and Publication (GAPP; Chinese: 中华人民共和国新闻出版总署; pinyin: Zhōnghuá Rénmín Gònghéguó Xīnwén Chūbǎn Zǒngshǔ) is the administrative agency responsible for regulating and distributing news, print and Internet publications in China. This includes granting publication licenses for periodicals and books. GAPP is under the direct control of the Publicity Department of the Chinese Communist Party since 2018.[1] It also liaises with other state authorities such as the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT), the State Council Information Office and Xinhua. The General Administration of Press and Publication was merged with the State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television to form the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (Chinese: 国家新闻出版广播电影电视总局; pinyin: Guójiā Xīnwén Chūbǎn Guǎngbò Diànyǐng Diànshì Zǒngjú) .

The agency has been satirized in the notable machinima War of Internet Addiction.


The agency is administered by a few administrators.[2]

  • Director of the General Office
    • Sun Shoushan
  • Director of the National Copyright Administration
    • Wang Ziqiang
  • National Office of Crackdown on Pornographic and Illegal Publications
    • Li Baozhong

Internal departmental structure[edit]

The agency is organised into the following departments:[3]

  • General Office
  • Book Publishing Management Department
  • Newspaper and Magazine Publishing Department
  • Department for the Management of Audio and Video Products and Electronic Publications
  • Department for the Management of Publication Distribution
  • Department for the Management of Printing Industry
  • Personnel and Education Department
  • External Cooperation Department
  • Copyright Management Department

The agency is the parent authority of the National Copyright Administration (Chinese: 国家版权局) which is responsible for copyright affairs on Mainland China.

Area of responsibilities[edit]

The agency is in charge of regulating:[3]

  • New publishing houses – book, audio-visual, electronic publication, newspaper and periodical offices
  • General distribution offices – for publications (including books, newspapers, periodicals, audio and video products, and electronic publications
  • Copyright agencies – audio and video production and electronic publication copying agencies and newspaper groups
  • Agents – dealing with imported publications
  • Foreign joint ventures in the news, print and communications industry.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Frater, Patrick (2018-05-25). "China Appoints Wang Xiaohui as Film Bureau Chief". Variety. Retrieved 2019-08-25.
  2. ^ "General Administration of Press and Publication".
  3. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-12-01. Retrieved 2015-11-06.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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